AMBIANCE IS EVERYTHING WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WEDDING DAY ESPECIALLY IN THE SOUTH, ESPECIALLY IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
Hello brides-to be! It's Christy from Colonial House of Flowers and today I'm focusing on one to the most influential decisions you will make during your event planning process. Choosing the destination of your nuptials is an important decision and here in Atlanta it's easy.
After all, a dream social event requires a dreamy venue that captures the personality of the people. No matter what a couple's style the biggest secret to planning an event is to remember is to be true to the things that make you - authentically you. This secret applies to everything including the venue. So, channel Marie Antionette, feel industrial-chic, or evoke history and be the belle of a ballroom with magnificent chandeliers and historical gardens.
It can be overwhelming with so many options from Buckhead to Griffin and every where in between but it shouldn't be with so many options. After all these year in this business, one think I know for sure is that Atlanta is full of places that will have you and your guest swooning over the beauty to come. Get your peepers ready for a look at some of the world's most breathtaking, beautiful backdrops to say "I do" right here in this Southern city. I collected a round up of places to help narrow down your decisions below.
1. The Swan House Gardens
This iconic Atlanta spot is the definition of wedding dreams come true. Host an unforgettable social event at this historic venue setting that is full of drama, thanks to grand stone exterior stairs leading up to the Swan House. The reception looks just as stunning set up amongst the gardens. We’ve never seen a sight so pretty as those romantically draped roses and foraged southern greens on an organic arbor with the Southern mansion set behind. atlantahistorycenter.com
CREDIT: COLONIAL HOUSE OF FLOWERS AT THE SWAN HOUSE AT THE ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER WITH JULIE PAISLEY PHOTOGRAPHY
This warehouse venue boasts large windows that fill the space with natural light and stark white painted brick and stone walls that give the refurbished space a modern edge. This location is perfect for the new-generation wedding that loves to keep things a little raw and a whole lot cool. ambientplusstudio.com
3. Southern Exchange Ballrooms
Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, these ballrooms offer contemporary glamour with plenty of room for large weddings. Although there are five distinct event spaces, the Whitehall Ballroom with its towering ceilings, dramatic crystal chandeliers, rich history and endless possibilities will have you drooling. If you grew up here (or your grandparents) you'll recognize this space as a department store. My mom tells me that my grandmother used to drive up to Atlanta to shop. Every time I am in this space I think about that... makes me so happy.
When using this space I highly recommend using a planner and vendors familiar with this venue. I can personally recommend Brian Worley Productions or Akeem Clayton Designs (below). This spot allows brides to really take glitz and glam to a new level. southernexchangeatl.com
All this time, we were just going here for the food on the menu. But believe me, if you host your wedding at this celebrated Atlanta restaurant that sits tucked away on the Chattahoochee River you will be pleased. The natural landscape and lush greenery offer a one-of-a-kind, romantic setting that makes any outdoor affair special. After a beautiful ceremony amongst the scenery, enjoy cocktail hour and formal dinner featuring the farm-to-table specialties of the restaurant. This spot is perfect for simple weddings that are memorable, natural, organic and celebrate nature. canoeatl.com
5. Meadowlark 1939
Get ready to feel like you’ve taken a step into the past—because located just 50 minutes south of Atlanta’s city center, this place is drenched in history. Reminiscent of english inspired gardens, the property including the original 1891 farmhouse is crawling ivy, magnolia trees, statues and statuettes, pools and pathways to wander. Meadowlark 1939 cultivates a romantic wedding atmosphere where meaningful moments thrive in a way that'll have your set for an outdoor wedding for the books. meadowlark1939.com
6. Smith Farm & Gardens
Atlanta’s oldest surviving farmhouse is here to host a romantic wedding with the perfect amount of Southern history. You'll feel like you are stepping into the past because honestly, you are. The Smith Family Farm and gardens are located in the heart of Buckhead at the Atlanta History Center is an authentic piece of Georgia history as it showcase the natural beauty of the area. atlantahistorycenter.com
7. Fox Theatre
The Fox Theatre is a historic wedding venue located in Atlanta, Georgia. Conveniently situated on the iconic corner of Peachtree and Ponce Streets in the Midtown Mile, this unique venue features Moroccan and Arabian design elements, as well as a rooftop terrace with an iconic view of Midtown Atlanta. Check out Jody and Chrissy's wedding at the Fox, here.
Lavishly decorated and rich in history, The Fox Theatre leaves a lasting impression to be remembered for years to come. Couples can display a personalized message on the marquee. foxtheatre.org